AMS Rutgers Graduate Chapter


The Chapter was founded in 2014 with over two dozen founding members. The Chapter is supported by the AMS under its Graduate Student Chapter program.


The mission of the Chapter is the same as that of the AMS itself: "The particular business and objects of the Society are the furtherance of the interests of mathematical scholarship and research" (AMS Certificate of Incorporation, 3 May 1923).

The Chapter organizes speakers and events at Rutgers or field trips, sometimes in tandem with other student groups aligned with mathematical or scientific interests. The Chapter gives annual awards for outstanding work by graduate students and their mentors. Some of our members were featured in the AMS Graduate Student Newsletter


Our current officers for the 2020-2021 academic year are Brooke Ogrodnik, Robert Dougherty-Bliss, Edna Jones, and Rashmika Goswami.


If you are interested in learning more about the organization or have an idea for an event, please don't hesitate to email one of the officers.

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Current Officers

President Brooke Ogrodnik bl481@math.rutgers.edu
Vice-President Robert Dougherty-Bliss rwd49@math.rutgers.edu
Secretary Edna Jones elj44@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Treasurer Rashmika Goswami rg894@math.rutgers.edu
Advisor Stephen D Miller sdmiller@math.rutgers.edu

Past Officers

Year President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer
2019-2020 Brooke Ogrodnik Mingjia Yang Edna Jones Blair Seidler
2018-2019 Brooke Ogrodnik Mingjia Yang Edna Jones Karuna Sangam
2017-2018 Rebecca Coulson Mingjia Yang Edna Jones Brooke Ogrodnik
2016-2017 Rebecca Coulson Brooke Ogrodnik Michael Donders Hanlong Fang
2015-2016 Brooke Ogrodnik Michael Donders Hanlong Fang Hanlong Fang
2014-2015 Rebecca Coulson Jonathan Jaquette Tom Sznigir Tom Sznigir
2013-2014 Kellen Myers Moulik Balasurbramanian Matthew Russell Matthew Russell

Summary of Awards


The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Research

The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Research is awarded to a member whose research work is a notable and formidable contribution to mathematics at the graduate level (or higher). This student's research work is especially remarkable and constitutes a significant achievement for a graduate student.


The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Leadership

The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Leadership is awarded to a member whose leadership and service to the Department and to other mathematical communities, institutions, and initiatives is exemplary and outstanding in its scope, efficacy, and impact. This student's service to mathematics is especially remarkable and constitutes a significant contribution from a graduate student.


The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Faculty

The AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Faculty is awarded to a member of Rutgers' faculty whose instructing, mentoring, and/or advising of students in mathematics or related fields is outstanding and remarkable in preparing future researchers and scholars. This professor's service to Rutgers' students is especially remarkable and constitutes a significant contribution to graduate education and training.


The votes are in and the new awardees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are below. Thanks to all who participated. At this point in time we are not taking nominees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Past Awardees

Year Research Leadership Mentoring
2020 Jeaheang Bang Brooke Ogrodnik & Jason Saied Alex Kontorovich
2019 Jinyoung Park Chloe Wawrzyniak Matthew Russell
2018 Sam Braunfeld & Katie McKeon Corrine Yap Chuck Weibel
2017 Pedro Pontes Sjuvon Chung Doron Zeilberger
2016 Howie Nuer Katie McKeon Michael Saks
2015 Ming Xiao Rebecca Coulson Jim Lepowsky
2014 Katy Craig & Yusra Naqvi Kellen Myers Michael Weingart

Guidelines for Awards

The Chapter normally makes three awards in each Spring semester — two student prizes and one faculty prize.


Any member or any student eligible to be a member of the Chapter may make nominations for any of the three awards. Faculty may also make nominations for the two student awards. Nomination is confidential and self-nomination is permitted. Students may receive each award only once, and faculty may receive the award once every three years. If there is no nominee for a particular award, no award will be made that year.


Nominees for student awards must be members of the Chapter. Each nominee for the AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Research is invited to give a short talk about their research during a research bonanza. The Research Bonanza is intended to help the AMS graduate student members make an informed decision when voting for the recipient of the AMS Rutgers Student Chapter Award for Research.


Each award is determined by a majority vote among members of the Chapter. Voting is confidential.

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